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Citrus Holiday: Hostess Apron with Dreamy Bow

Monday, 12 October 2009 9:00

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The hostess apron is a nod to the more elegant entertaining of days gone by, when a beautiful apron was a critical part of your party ensemble. We've brought back this vintage accessory, but with a bright new spin to match the playful palette of our Citrus Holiday projects. We combined five different Heather Bailey fabrics, then added a deep wine red for the waistband and all the ties. Flouncy skirt tiers and a bold bow we tied jauntily at the shoulder are the finishing touches that make this apron a stand out.

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Citrus Holiday: In-a-Word Pillow

Wednesday, 07 October 2009 9:00

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There's one in every family. The helpful host/hostess who just won't rest – always rushing around to make sure everyone else is in tip-top shape. You know who I mean, don't you? This special holiday pillow is for that special holiday someone. Toss it his or her way and demand they 'SIT!' Bold red letter appliqués and matching red piping make a statement even Helpful Hannah (or Hank) will have to stop and pay attention to. The pillow is reversible, so when they pop up again to refill your glass, you can flip it over and try again later.

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Citrus Holiday: Elegant Hexagonal Pillow

Monday, 05 October 2009 9:00

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Things that are six sided: snow crystals, the cells of a honeycomb, the Tam Tam (a six-sided matzo cracker) and ... this delightful Citrus Holiday pillow. Completely proving 1) not all pillows need to be square, and 2) you need to get a magnifying glass or microscope to make sure I'm telling the truth about the snow crystals and honeycombs.

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Citrus Holiday: Reversible Gift & Wine Bags

Wednesday, 30 September 2009 9:00

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We all know how it goes. In the fall, we make a resolution to give only handmade gifts for the holiday season. Then, December rolls around, and you don't have the tree up, you have a full queue of holiday parties to attend, and the kids are begging to make cookies all weekend. That's where our handmade Gift & Wine Bags come in. They're quick to sew, and can at least add a homemade touch to those last-minute purchased presents. Plus, they're re-usable,which means they're a green alternative to wrapping paper.

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Citrus Holiday: Christmas Morning Table Runner

Tuesday, 29 September 2009 9:00

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I love table runners. You can use them alone or layered over a table cloth. They create a beautiful focal point for your table or buffet, like a little fabric runway, perhaps giving me an excuse to invite Tim Gunn to my house. But if I invited him, I'd probably have to also invite Heidi Klum, and then it would just be too crowded. So instead, I'll make this beautiful Christmas Morning Table Runner and invite my friends and family.

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Citrus Holiday: Lemon Zest Tablecloth

Tuesday, 15 September 2009 9:00

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Does someone wake you up at o'dark-thirty on Christmas morning?! Then you need a zesty zap of yellow to get you going. This lovely, lemony tablecloth is the perfect foundation for a holiday breakfast feast of waffles, fruit, juice and coffee. The bright yellow is set off with creamy drop panels and it's all tied together with deep crimson bands and bows.

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Citrus Holiday: Setting a Citrus-Themed Table

Monday, 14 September 2009 9:00

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A beautifully set holiday table needn't be expensive. Our simple Citrus Holiday table is proof. We used fresh citrus fruits: lemons, limes, key limes, oranges, grapefruit, and clementines. And, since everyone has their own accumulation of holiday decor, S4H editor, Liz Johnson and I decided to take the Citrus Holiday challenge and use ONLY our own personal collections to decorate the dining room.

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Citrus Holiday: Easy Napkins with Festive Trim

Thursday, 10 September 2009 9:00

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Adding a simple fabric border kicks this napkin up a notch. Napkins are a great beginning project and a great way to practice hemming. We made all our napkins match for our Citrus Holiday table, but it would also be snazzy to do a different, coordinating trim on each person's napkin. Not only would it be a great way to use up fabric scraps, you could also keep track of which napkin belongs to which guest.

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Citrus Holiday: Fussy Cut Placemats

Monday, 07 September 2009 9:00

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A 'Fussy Cut' is not pitching a fit in the barber chair when one side of your bangs is longer than the other. Although that is perfectly justified behavior. To fussy cut in sewing is to select and cut out a specific motif from a printed fabric or center your pattern piece directly over a design within your fabric that you want to feature. This is what we did to perfectly center the beautiful pineapple design on each of our placemats.

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